Welcome wandering stranger...

Thank you for visiting my corner of h2g2. Here's a poem by Emerson that summarizes my aspirations, for here as well as in life, even if observed more in the breach than in practice:

To laugh often and much;
To win the respect of intelligent people
and the affection of children;
To find the best in others;
To appreciate beauty;
To leave the world a bit better
whether by a healthy child,
a garden patch,
or a redeemed social condition;
To know even one life has breathed easier
because you have lived;
This is to have succeeded.

To help clarify the meaning of my nom de plume here are a couple of paraphrased definitions from answers.com:

abderian: 1) given to laughter; inclined to foolish or incessant merriment 2) foolish.
sophist: 1) One skilled in elaborate and devious argumentation. 2) A scholar or thinker. 3) Any of a group of professional fifth-century B.C. Greek philosophers and teachers who speculated on theology, metaphysics, and the sciences, and who were later characterized by Plato as superficial manipulators of rhetoric and dialectic.

So an abderian sophist is somewhere between a happy thinker and a posturing fool - which just about covers it.

Thanks again for visiting. Leave a message if you want to chat - I'm not here everyday, but I'll get back to you as soon as I can.


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